Five days into our Turks and Caicos trip, we signed up for an afternoon snorkeling excursion, part of which included an hour-long stop at Little Water Cay…
…also informally known as Iguana Island, for reasons that will soon be apparent.
A couple of bright orange-beaked birds near the shore.
Little Water Cay is long and narrow; squint and you might see the opposite shore.
Not every track came from a human.
Here come the iguanas!
They allow you to get pretty close, though I wouldn’t be in a hurry to stick out my hand.
The opposite shore, I think–we were easily turned around at one point.
Color like this is what I come to the Caribbean for.
Make that late afternoon at Iguana Island.
It wasn’t long before we had to head back to Grace Bay.
On the way, we docked near here and were invited to ride a water slide from the boat’s very top on down into the ocean.
Grace Bay beckons.
We fondly look back at the setting sun after departing the boat. A half-day of sea, snorkeling, conch salad and plenty of rum punch comes to a close.
We returned to Grace Bay on the isle of Providenciales, Turks and Caicos on a Sunday afternoon in late January; our last visit was four years before.
Since Hurricane Irma hit in September 2017, we expected extensive changes, but Provo was mostly as we remembered it.
It’s hard to imagine Grace Bay as anything other than bright, blue and sunny.
It’s so satisfying to see flowers like these in January when you live in New England.
Also, the green lushness further away from the coast.
I like walking along the beach, but prefer to spend most of my vacation time lounging by the pool.
Bonaventure Crescent near sunset.
An unexpected bit of Minnesota (or perhaps, Upper Michigan) in the Caribbean.
Downtown Grace Bay on a Wednesday evening.
More palms, but with a twist (literally!)
Mango Reef, possibly our favorite restaurant on the island. We noticed it looked different than it did in 2015 before finding out it had actually moved locations! We thought the ride there was a tad longer than previous…
A most dramatic palm tree…
…spotted at the Infiniti Bar at Grace Bay Club, with nice views of the beach after dark.
Thursday sunset after an off-island excursion – stay tuned for more on that.